CAT-1P1060SP Air Compressor Review

The California Air Tools 1P1060SP is a just like the popular CAT1P1060S model with the addition of a steel control panel which adds the "P" to the model number. This air compressor is super quiet emitting a faint 56 decibels, which is ideal for powering indoor finish and pin nailers. However with only 1.2 CFM and a small 1-gallon capacity air tank don't expect this small compressor to power large air tools with high CFM requirements.

CAT-1P1060SP Quick Specifications:

  • 56 dB Ultra-Quiet
  • New "1P" Oil-Free Pump
  • 120 Volts - 4.5 Amps
  • 120 PSI Max  Pressure
  • Light Weight only 29 LBS.
CAT-1P1060SP Air Compressor

California Air Tools 1P1060SP

ASIN: B077CNLPBC  -  UPC: 743369720515

At a whisper quiet 56 dB, the California Air Tools 1P1060SP is the one of the quietest air compressor in it's class.

CAT 1P1060SP Sound Video

Ultra-Quiet 1P Series Pump Motor

CAT-1P1060 models feature the new 1P series motor, with thermal overload protection to help prevent damage from overheating, and a large single piston pump which has a 3000 hour before service rating. The 1P pump is rated at .6 HP running and 1.2 HP peak.

1P Series Pump

The time required to fill the 1-gallon air tank from empty to 120 PSI is only around 50 seconds. To recover from 90 PSI back to a full 120 PSI is a quick 15 seconds. 

Weighing just 34 pounds, the CAT-1P1060SP is ultra-light and portable. This compressor is also ultra-quiet, you can hardly hear the thing run with it's 56 dB.sound rating. California Air Tools 1P1060 model compressors need only 4.5 amps of power, enabling you to plug one in almost anywhere.

CAT-1P1060SP Product Images

California Air Tools 1P1060SP Left View

Left View

California Air Tools 1P1060SP Right View

Right View

The full roll cage design houses the 1 gallon steel air tank, 1P series pump and air controls. Dual air gauges, an output pressure regulator and a quick-connect air coupling are all mounted in the steel control panel. The panel protects the compressor's internal components and puts controls within within easy reach. Heavy rubberized feet cut down on vibration and noise and prevent walking while the compressor is running. If you are interested in saving a few dollars and dropping the weight a little, this air compressor is available without the steel front panel and a different roll-cage. You can compare them here: California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Review.

California Air Tools 1P1060SP Front View

Front View

California Air Tools 1P1060SP Rear View

Rear View

California Air Tools 1P1060SP - UPC: 743369720515

CAT-1P1060SP  Quiet

dB Sound Comparison Chart

As you can see in this graphic, the 1P1060SP Light & Quiet Air Compressor is about as quiet as you can get. If low noise operation is a major concern, then this unit should definitely be considered. 

CAT-1P1060SP Resources

California Air Tools 1P1060SP Specifications

  • 56 dB Quiet
  • 1.2 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • 1 Gallon Tank
  • 0.6 HP
  • 4.5 Amps
  • Oil-Free Pump
  • Dual PSI Gauges
  • 1680 RPM
  • Length 16.2"
  • Width 13"
  • Height 16.2"
  • 34 Lbs.

Our CAT-1P1060SP Ratings


Emitting a mere 56 dB, the CAT-1P1060SP is one of the quietest compact compressors we have reviewed.


California Air Tools is a leader in the quiet air compressor industry, and typically builds quality units for the price paid. 


The 1P1060SP pricing is good for a super quiet small air compressor. It usually sells for between $100 to $140.

Overall Rating :  4.5

If 1.2 CFM of airflow is sufficient for your needs, then this is one of the quietest air compressors you can buy. For small CFM requirements the 1P1060SP is a clear winner. We gave the California Air Tools 1P1060SP an overall rating of 4.5 stars.


  • Quietest - 56 dB
  • Light Only 34 LBS.
  • Small & Ultra -Portable 
  • Low 4.5 Amp Current


  • Only 1.2 CFM
  • Small 1 Gallon Tank

"Designed for the person looking for Power, Air Flow, Less Service and Maintenance with at Least 30% Less Noise!"

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The Bottom Line

The California Air Tools 1P1060SP produces 1. 2 CFM @ 90 PSI. This is not the air compressor to use for large CFM requirements such as auto spray painting or air grinding. This is sufficient for operating small air tools such as, staple guns, brad nail guns, finish nail guns, small airbrushes, blow guns, etc. This is also a great portable compressor for tire inflation and maintaining the proper air pressure in your vehicle tires. It would be hard to find a quieter air compressor, at only 56 dB the CAT-1P1060SP is a great choice for quiet indoor air tool applications. 

California Air Tools 1P1060SP

ASIN: B077CNLPBC  -  UPC: 743369720515

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